Posted 31 March 2012 - 09:16 PM
sharlene - glad to hear that your wrist is feeling better
I still have some discomfort, but I think it's just that - discomfort and not pain.
Emily is still nursing. Up until I think somewhere between 1 year and 13months our nursing schedule was: wake-up nurse, around 11am nurse, naptime nurse, 4pm nurse, bedtime nurse (and possibly another one in between 4pm and bed) and then up to nurse AT LEAST once a night. Breakfast, lunch and dinner in between. She is a great eater, will eat most things that we offer, but I wouldn't say in very big quantities. I dropped the 11am and 4pm nurse somewhere between a year an 13 months and started giving her a snack instead. I'm going to go back to work part time (just 2 days a week, then possibly up it to three in the summer. I volunteer at a public school one morning a week and I want to finish out the school year). I am pumping a bit so that I can send a bottle of expressed breast milk to daycare with her for nap time. If I was comfortable giving her cow's or even goat's milk I would send that instead and drop the pumping. But, I don't do well with dairy and neither does DH or many members of his family, so I'd rather limit her dairy intake for the time being. I do give her cheese (only white cheese, no orange cheese. Why dye cheese?!?!?). I think she eats enough solids and has enough dairy that she probably doesn't need the naptime bottle for nutrition, but she does need it to sleep.
Pumping is getting harder from the perspective of supply. I seem to have plenty of supply to nurse (when I miss a nurse I get engorged. Well, actually just my right breast. The left doesn't seem to produce as much). I heard that yeast (can't remember if it was nutritional yeast or brewer's yeast. Must google after) can increase supply. I've tried nursing teas but they seem to give me a headache. It seems a bit silly to be trying to increase supply at this point, but I do like having enough to send her with a bottle.
Frostedlemon, Emily wouldn't take a bottle prior to 5 months, and for the first little while after she started taking a bottle it had to be a Playtex Drop-in. Ironically, she now LOVES a bottle. Whenever we see another baby with a bottle she very insistently points and says "ba-ba-ba-ba....". If we are going to be somewhere and I know there will be a baby that gets a bottle I take a bottle with just water in it for Emily (on top of her sippy cup that she normally drinks water from). She doesn't seem to care what is in the bottle, just that she is getting one.
Anne - that sucks about the biting
Emily doesn't bite when she is nursing, but if she is teething she will sometimes rub her teeth/gums on my breast, which is uncomfortable, but not painful. Having said that - she does bite when she is frustrated/angry
It's a different situation, but I say sternly "no biting!". She knows that it is not acceptable - her way of aplogizing is to say "hello!". If she is tired her feelings get hurt easily, and she will cry and repeatedly say "hello" until I respond "hello" back.
In terms of getting my breasts back - I'm only curious if my breasts will ever both be the same size again. My right is significantly larger than the left, only since I started nursing. When they are both "empty" the difference isn't as significant.
DH and I are thinking of ttc again around this time next year. I will have to wean DD before that, but it is a long way away. Sometimes I think she would probably be quite happy with a bottle, but other times I'm not so sure. When she wants to nurse she pats my chest and says "nnn,nnnn" or "na,na". Sometimes she is satisfied with a snack, but sometimes she gets much more insistent!
Me: 35 DH:35
Started ttc September 2006
November 2007 - Initial consult at LifeQuest
January 2008 - Diagnostic testing.
February 2008 - Test results - No problems with DH. Dr. suspected I had a PCOS
variant and that I probably wasn't ovulating. Suggested superovulation (injectibles) with or without IUI
Decided to forgo treatment for the time being and focus on improving my health.
March 2008 - October 2009 - LOTS of alternative therapy. You name it, I tried it!
February 2009 - confirmed via cycle monitoring I was now ovulating and my ovaries both look fine. Officially unexplained IF. Hmmm, now what?
Next Steps: Had initial consult with Dr. Virro at Markham Fertility Centre on October 1, 2009. Hysteroscopy/laproscopy performed on February 5, 2010. Post op appointment on March 8, 2010. Found out one small spot of endo removed from uterus and a very tiny septum resected.
Started BCP on March 31, 2010.
First IVF (first anything!) cycle after.
Last BCP April 20th.
Started stims: April 25 (Puregon - varied from 100iu to 42.5iu, Menopur - 75iu, and orgalutron)
ER date - May 5th.
14 retrieved, 11 mature, 7 fertilized - 4 via IVF, 3 via ICSI
3 days past retrieval - 5 8-cell embryos (3 via IVF, 2 via ICSI
), 2 lagging 6-cell embryos (1 via IVF, 1 via ICSI
ET on May 10, 5day past retrieval - tranferred 1 "superb, could sell it on e-bay" embaby - grade 5AB0! 4 more "lovely" totsicles (2 5day, 2 6day). The ivf embies did better than the icsi
Beta - May 21s: BFP! Beta was 507! Still early days, but we're happy to be pg!
Viability scan - June 11. Baby right on track, heartrate of 140bpm, measuring 7weeks 1day at just over 1cm long. HOWEVER, big cyst in my right ovary. Going back for another u/s in two weeks to monitor the cyst.
U/S to monitor cyst - June 24 - cyst shrank slightly. Baby still measuring on track, 9weeks 1day and just over 2cm long, heartrate of 167bpm
12week u/s - July 12 - cyst had shrank to 2cm. Baby looked like a baby! Moving around and flailing arms and legs. Just over 5.5cm long, heartrate of 160bpm. Nuchal scan and nasal bone both looked good. Doctor's appointment went well.
20 week ultrasound and doctors appointment - baby looks good - its a girl
Test results from IPS test show a 1 in 20,000 risk of a chromosomal abnormality. Placenta is partially covering cervix, doctor will check again at 32 weeks.
26 week doctors appointment - GD test
30 week doctors appointment - got GD test results, I passed. Baby measuring on track, good strong heartbeat
32 week doctors appointment - u/s to check placenta position to see if it has been pulled up from my cervix and also to check baby's size